Obesity is a common health condition in which people start putting on excess body fat which could then be the reason for many serious health problems. With the passage of time, an increased number of people have become overweight all around the world; so much that obesity is taken as an epidemic now. Obesity is a very common medical condition in all Americans, which is increasing the mortality rate to a shocking level. Statistics by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that in America about 93.3 million adults and 13.7 million children are obese.
Good thing is that this health condition is curable and preventable with a few exceptional cases. It becomes highly impossible to shed your weight if the weight gain is a symptom of some sickness like depression, thyroids, and diabetes. But even in such cases, people are told to move towards preventive measures against obesity. Their weight loss journey becomes much more challenging and hectic if compared to those are obese because of their obsessive eating and because of their unorganized lifestyle.
There are many ways in which a person can start to control their weight gain or to even shed a few pounds, but the process is a slow one and requires consistency on the person’s part. Some of those ways include: eating healthy, increased physical activity, right sleep pattern, and taking anti-obesity drugs.
Anti-obesity drugs are prescription medications that are to suppress one’s appetite and loss of weight and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a few drugs that work to control the appetite. These anti-obesity drugs are brain stimulants that make the brain to believe that the body does not require any more food, after which an individual is less hungry and cuts down their food intake. Such drugs are frequently used to fight different types of compulsive eating disorders. It is advised by nutritionists and doctors
2019 weight loss pills
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Some of the common FDA-approved medicines for weight loss are as follows:
- Phentermine (Adipex, Lomaira)
- Lorcaserin (Belviq)
- Phentermine/topiramate ER (Qsymia)
- Naltrexone/buproprion HCL (Contrave)
- Liraglutide (Saxenda)
Phentermine got FDA approved in 1959 as a short-term appetite suppressing pill that helps the consumers to lose weight. It has to be taken in orally. Phentermine is the most widely prescribed weight loss drug in the United States. Being a fairly old weight loss pill, its use is still very much prevalent and trusted.
Unlike phentermine, lorcaserin got FDA approved as a weight loss pill only in 2012. But just like phentermine, lorcaserin’s target organ is again the brain where the pill impacts hunger receptors that make the person believe that they are full and therefore eat less.
Similar to phentermine, Topomax, is a medicine that is prescribed by the doctors to treat binge eating disorder and takes the consumers to their weight loss. But other than that, Topiramate or Topomax is also an anticonvulsant drug. Anticonvulsant drugs fall under the class of drugs that are prescribed to treat seizures and other brain or head-related severities such as for migraine and fits.
Contrave is another pill that has many other names like, naltrexone HCL or bupropion HCL. It is a drug that is made up of two medications: naltrexone HCL and bupropion HCL. Both the components of the drug do different functions; the former is used to treat opiate addiction, and the latter is used to treat depression. Together, naltrexone HCL and bupropion HCL work to reduce food cravings.
Another name for Victoza is Liraglutide. Victoza is often prescribed to people with diabetes and has to be injected into your skin. The drug got FDA approved in 2010 and since then its demand is constantly increasing. The function of Victoza is to lower the blood sugar level but it is also prescribed as a weight loss pill when it is taken at a certain amount.
Saxenda is also known as Liraglutide. And just like Victoza, Saxenda is also injected into the skin and is taken to helps people lose weight by lowering appetite and controlling food cravings.
All of the above medications work more or less similarly. Given how widespread and common obesity is these days, the demand for these pills is on a rise. Phentermine is without a doubt leading the way as the top-notch anti-obesity drug of 2019.